Child dies days after I-85 crash in Cherokee Co.

Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol investigate the accident scene on June 30 (WSPA).

CHEROKEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A child has died from injuries he suffered in a crash on Interstate 85.

The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. Friday, June 30 at mile marker 85.

The S.C. Highway Patrol says a Gaffney woman was driving a minivan when she slowed for traffic and was struck in the rear by a box truck.

Troopers say there were seven juveniles in the van. All of them were restrained. One passenger was taken by EMS to the hospital, and died from injuries days later.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the child as Zy’Wuan Ratchford.

Ratchford, 8, was a rising third grader at B.D. Lee Elementary School and a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church, according to an obituary.

His funeral will be held Sunday at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church.

Fowler said Ratchford died from a head injury on July 4 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

The manner of death has been ruled an accident.

The crash remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol investigate the accident scene on June 30 (WSPA).

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